One of the oldest market towns in the north of England, Chester-le-Street offers plenty of dining options both locally and in the surrounding neighbourhood. It's easy to combine a relaxing meal with your other activities, whether you're taking in a match at the Durham County Cricket Club or going for a stroll along the town's heritage trail of historic landmarks, including the church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, which dates all the way back to the ninth century. Simply use Quandoo to quickly book a table at any one of our pick of restaurants in and around Chester-le-Street.
Lovers of Italian food are well-served by restaurants in the Chester-le-Street area. A gastro pub specialising in Italian recipes, the Tavistock Italia at The Board Inn on Penshaw View, Birtley, has all the comforts of a countryside tavern alongside a menu packed with sunny Mediterranean flavours – try the chicken with creamy mushroom sauce or a helping of fruity panna cotta. At the other extreme, San Lorenzo on New Road in the suburb of Harraton is a chic contemporary venue where you can feast on garlic potato skins and arancini (fried rice balls with savoury stuffing), all fragrant with herbs from the old country.
You'll find lots of picturesque British restaurants in and around Chester-le-Street, too. If you've a hankering for period character and nostalgic dishes, then The Mill House on Blackfell Way in the Armstrong district really fits the bill. Old favourites like devilled kidneys, mussels in leek and ale sauce and smoked haddock with new potatoes rustle up a taste of traditional England. It's the same story with The Bank on Durham Road in Low Fell, with its original mid-19th century features, homemade pies, aged steaks, sizzling roasts and seasonal veg.
Chester-le-Street also has restaurants that dish up some first-class Indian recipes. Just to give one example, Le Raaj on Front Street in Chester Moor wows with its retro Anglo-Indian style interior, nor will you be disappointed with the menu, whether you're snacking on savoury pastries or feasting on lamb shanks with basmati rice. Just browse Quandoo to find more highly recommended Indian restaurants in Chester-le-Street and its adjoining suburbs.